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Clunks loudly when i put it in gear and move it from drive to reverse

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Check the condition of the motor mounts. Open the hood and take a look while some one else is change from drive to reverse.
I hope this helps you.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 f150 2wd transmission clunk

You can usually tell by grabbing the driveshaft & turning it by hand back & forth & push up & down, side to side looking for play in the joint.

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SOURCE: My car has a problem with reverse gear, forward

could be a bent selector or might just need to tighten it up

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SOURCE: When I put my car into Drive, the car makes a very loud Clunk

Your problem is very common.
you need to have your u-joints also known as universal joints. that is what the clunking noise you are hearing.

please do not hesitate to ask any further questions about your vehicle.
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Posted on Dec 27, 2009

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Sounds like you got a transmission problem. I'd start with checking and changing transmission fluid. When changing be sure to see what the level was first and if it was low. If it's still clunking I'd then take it to a good service shop.

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SOURCE: Hi I have a 2005

cannot be sure here without a on site inspection but i would hazard a guess and say the flex drive plate has broke around the crankshaft retaining bolts ,its a gearbox out job to repair ,the plate holds the torque converter in position to the engine crank ,Dont get this problem with a manual transmission

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

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